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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

"Discover Your Inner Peace"
a Three-Night Retreat of Silence & Contemplation
February 2, 2023 - February 5, 2023

Photo of Don Oakey, Founding Director of Well Being Retreat Center, Tazewell, TN

Well Being Retreat Center is offering a 3-night silent Retreat led by Don Oakley, author of "It's Time to Wake Up Now: The Top Ten Myths that Can Hijack Spiritual Awakening," a five star rated book on Amazon, and by Patty Bottari, a Director of Well Being Foundation and longtime employee and student of both Adyashanti and Byron Katie.

This event will be held indoors in the Main Conference Building. This 3-night retreat includes lodging, supper when you arrive on Thursday evening and lunch at the end of the retreat on Sunday. Other meals will be by arranged potluck (explained below) . Drinks and snacks will be provided throughout.. 

Photo of Patty Bottari, a Director of Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell, TN

"This Event will be devoted to exploring deeply into the Nature of our Existence."


The retreat will begin with check-in on Thursday afternoon February 2nd and will end mid-day on Sunday February 5th.  Cost $250 per person including lodging and tuition.

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About the Retreat

This retreat is a non-denominational opportunity to explore one’s own true nature – free from the everyday distractions and busyness of our lives. The retreat will be held in noble silence and will include silent sittings, guided meditations, inquiry, structured sharing and discourses by Don Oakley.. Closing Sharing Circle will be led by Patty Bottari. All activities during the retreat are voluntary, of course. However, since these events are generally fully booked, we ask that you remain fully engaged in the spirit of the retreat for the duration of the event.

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This retreat will be held in noble silence. There will be opportunities for quiet walks around our 160 acre property, sitting by the scenic Powell River which surrounds the property for 2 1/2 miles, for exploration of Nature, or simply to rest. You will be staying in one of our comfortable cabins. All event sessions will be at main Conference Building.

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Discourses and Guided Meditations

Don will be speaking each morning on the topic "Discover Your Inner Peace." He will also lead two guided meditations during the event an hold daily Q&A sessions.

Noble Silence

This event will be held in noble silence beginning after supper on Thursday until lunch on Sunday. The purpose is to dedicate your attention inwardly. During this time we ask that you refrain from talking with others, reading, texting, or watching videos. Of course, there will be sessions during the retreat where there will be opportunities for Q&A. Don and Patty will be offering a limited number of one-on-one meetings during the event.

Silent Sittings

Each period of silent sitting will be an opportunity to simply let everything be as it is – naturally and without effort. You may discover the awake spaciousness that is ever-present – that exists prior to (and during) any effort to control or manipulate our experience. 

Meals & Yogi Chores

Well Being will provide supper when you arrive on Thursday evening and lunch at the end of the retreat on Sunday. The other meals will be by organized pot luck, that is, you will be asked to provide the food and help prepare one meal for the group. Depending on the number of people attending, two to four people will be responsible for one meal. In other words, if 21 people attend, three people will be assigned to each of the seven meals. Patty will coordinate who cooks together. It is a great way to meet new people and have the opportunity to serve your fellow retreatants. You will also be asked to help with Yogi Chores, that is help with kitchen clean-up for the meal you help to prepare.


If you have a particular meal you would like to do or someone that you would like to do it with, please let Patty know. Also, if you find this aspect of the retreat intimidating, Patty can pair you with someone who is more comfortable in the kitchen.  Don't let anxiety about helping out in the kitchen deter you from attending the retreat.


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There is a $250 Fee to register for this event.  This fee covers your lodging, tuition, housekeeping, drinks and snacks, supper upon arrival and lunch on Sunday. You will be responsible to provide and meal for the group (as part of a two to four person team).


Donations:  There will be an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to Well Being Foundation while at the retreat or afterwards which will allow us to further this work of offering this venue for future retreats for yourself and others to explore our deepest nature. Your generosity is always greatly appreciated.



We are located in Tazewell, Tennessee about an hour north of Knoxville. Click here for driving directions. Check-in will be between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Thursday February 2, 2023. 

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For questions, please contact:; T: 423-626-9000. Patty will contact you before before the event to arrange cooking responsibilities. 

Well Being's COVID policies and Procedures may be found HERE. We do not require masks or vaccinations. We provide high quality air filters in the Meeting and Dining Rooms. Lodging will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.

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